WITH elements of Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed, Ronda Rousey found an unexpected ally after Floyd Mayweather Jr. said on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) that he is willing to help the former UFC champion on her boxing after she suffered her first MMA career loss against Holly Holm.
"I want Ronda Rousey to hold her head up high and don't let this discourage you. If you need help as far as with boxing, I'm here to help you. It's all about timing and inches. Her ground game is unbelievable. She'll be okay," the undefeated five-division world champion told Fight Hype’s Ben Thompson after the stunning upset in the UFC 193 women's bantamweight champion match.
Mayweather offered his services to improve Rousey’s all-around skill set despite several verbal spats on multiple occasions between the two fighters which the flamboyant boxer dismissed as overblown, telling Fight Hype he was “proud” of the 28-year old UFC star despite the second-round KO loss to Holm.
Rousey is set to get a rematch against Holm but it is obvious she would need to improve her boxing ability, particularly on the defensive end. Rousey has raised the possibility of trying her hand at boxing in the future.
Although it is doubtful Rousey would take up Mayweather’s offer, the idea of learning boxing from a fighter who finished his career 49-0 is definitely intriguing and could mark her return to her dominant form.